New Zealand headed for another defeat as they reeled at 27-4 with Australian bowlers Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon among the wickets in the third Test here on Monday.
Australia declared their second innings at 217 for two with David Warner scoring an unbeaten century against New Zealand.
Australian team lefy the Blackcaps with a revised 416-run target in the fourth innings on a wearing Sydney Cricket Ground pitch.
The Black Caps’ task became more monumental with Starc removing both openers, Tom Latham and Tom Blundell.
New Zealand went to tea at 27 for four with Ross Taylor on 12 and BJ Watling yet to score.
Blundell fell to a stunning catch by a diving Lyon at point for two.
Stand-in skipper Latham lost a review for leg before wicket on umpire’s call for one in a shattering blow to New Zealand’s hopes.
Jeet Raval was out in a review to the faintest of edges on “Snicko” in Lyon’s first over for 12 with the Kiwi innings unravelling under the onslaught from the Australian attack.
Topscorer Glenn Phillips went for a duck after technology detected an outside edge to wicketkeeper Tim Paine off Lyon.
Earlier, the fifth and final T20 match of the series between England and New Zealand tied when played in Auckland.
England clinched the Twenty20 series against New Zealand almost four months after the World Cup ended with a super over.
England needed 16 runs from the final over to wrap up the five-match series.
The match played in Auckland had to be limited to eleven overs.
In which New Zealand’s Guptill and Munro started with a powerful batting.
Both scored 83 runs in just 5 overs.
Guptill struck out 50 of 20 balls and Munro 46 out of 21 balls.